Women’s discus thrower Krishna Poonia became only the sixth Indian track and field athlete to reach an Olympic final on Friday.
The Asian Games champion fouled her first attempt and produced a best of 63.54m to finish fifth in Group A, and eighth overall. She emulated Milkha Singh, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Sriram Singh, PT Usha and Anju Bobby George, the other Indians who have made it to the final in the quadrennial Games.
However, India’s other discus hope Seema Antil managed only a best effort of 61.91m, below her best, as she was ranked 13th in the qualifying round to be eliminated.
Sudha wins hearts
Asian Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Sudha Singh ran a brave race to break her national record, but only finished 13th in her heats to be eliminated. She clocked 9 minutes 47.70 seconds, improving on her previous best of 9:47.70, but it was almost 20 seconds off the pace of the winner of her heat.
The rowing duo of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh ended up a poor second from last in the men's double sculls race at the Eton Dorney Rowing centre. They avoided the wooden spoon by edging out the Egyptian team of Mohamed Nofel and Omar Emira in the 2000m race for minor placings, clocking 7 minutes, 8.39 seconds.
Shooter Shagun Chowdhary's campaign ended on a disappointing note as she failed to qualify for the finals of the women's trap event.